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Sherry FlickSherrie Flick is the author of the novel Reconsidering Happiness and two short story collections, Whiskey, Etc. and Thank Your Lucky Stars. A book of narrative nonfiction, which explores her relationship to the Pittsburgh region and its influence on her feminism, is forthcoming from In Fact Books, the book list of Creative Nonfiction magazine. Her nonfiction has appeared in newspapers, journals, and anthologies, including The Wall Street Journal, Ploughshares, Creative Nonfiction, Pittsburgh Magazine, and Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie: Midwestern Writers on Food. She has received fellowships from Sewanee Writers’ Conference, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, Ucross, and Atlantic Center for the Arts. She is a senior lecturer in the Food Studies and MFA programs at Chatham University and works as a freelance writer.

Dave HousleyDave Housley is the author of the novel This Darkness Got to Give, and co-author with Becky Barnard on the upcoming sci-fi young adult novel The Greys. He has published four story collections: Massive Cleansing Fire, If I Knew the Way, I Would Take You Home, Commercial Fiction, and Ryan Seacrest is Famous. His work has appeared in Booth, Hobart, McSweeneys, Mid-American Review, Quarterly West, Wigleaf, and some other online and print magazines. He is one of the founding editors of Barrelhouse and co-founder of the Conversations and Connections writer's conference, and the writer's retreat Writer Camp.

Keegan LesterKeegan Lester is a writer living in New York City. Mary Ruefle selected his collection of poetry this shouldn’t be beautiful but it was and it was all i had so i drew it for the 2016 Slope Editions Book Prize. Keegan's writing appears in The Journal, The Boston Review, Brooklyn Vol.1, Hobart, Longform, Cutbank and The Academy of American Poets Poem a Day Series among others, and will be anthologized in the 2019 Edition of Bettering American Poetry. He earned his BA from West Virginia University and his MFA in Writing from Columbia University’s Graduate School of the Arts. He’s a touring member of the Travelin’ Appalachian Revue.

Jeff MannJeff Mann grew up in Covington, Virginia, and Hinton, West Virginia, receiving degrees in English and forestry from West Virginia University.  His poetry, fiction, and essays have appeared in many publications, including Arts and Letters, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah, Willow Springs, The Gay and Lesbian Review Worldwide, Crab Orchard Review, and Appalachian Heritage.  He has published three award-winning poetry chapbooks, Bliss, Mountain Fireflies, and Flint Shards from Sussex; five full-length books of poetry, Bones Washed with Wine, On the Tongue, Ash: Poems from Norse Mythology, A Romantic Mann, and Rebels; two collections of personal essays, Edge: Travels of an Appalachian Leather Bear and Binding the God: Ursine Essays from the Mountain South; three novellas, Devoured, included in Masters of Midnight: Erotic Tales of the Vampire, Camp Allegheny, included in History’s Passion: Stories of Sex Before Stonewall, and The Saga of Einar and Gisli, included in On the Run:  Tales of Gay Pursuit and Passion; six novels, Cub, Country, Insatiable, Fog: A Novel of Desire and Reprisal (which won the Pauline Réage Novel Award), Purgatory: A Novel of the Civil War (which won a Rainbow Award), and Salvation:  A Novel of the Civil War (which won both the Pauline Réage Novel Award and a Lambda Literary Award); a book of poetry and memoir, Loving Mountains, Loving Men; and three volumes of short fiction, Desire and Devour: Stories of Blood and Sweat, Consent: Bondage Tales, and A History of Barbed Wire (which won a Lambda Literary Award).  In 2013, he was inducted into the Saints and Sinners Literary Festival Hall of Fame.  He teaches creative writing at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.  His website is

Renee NicholsonRenée K. Nicholson is Director of the 2019 West Virginia Writers’ Workshop. Renée served as Assistant to the Director of the workshop from 2007-2017, is the author of the poetry collection, Roundabout Directions to Lincoln Center (Urban Farmhouse Press, 2014) and co-editor of the anthology Bodies of Truth: Personal Narratives of Illness, Disability, and Medicine (University of Nebraska Press, 2019). She was the 2011 Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Penn State-Altoona and was the 2018 recipient of the Susan S. Landis Prize for Distinguished Service to the Arts by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History. Her writing has been published in The Millions, Electric Literature, Poets & Writers, Midwestern Gothic, Bellevue Literary Review, Moon City Review, Superstition Review, The Gettysburg Review and elsewhere. Renée has been the recipient of grants from The West Virginia Commission on the Arts, WVU ADVANCE, WV CTSI, The Benedum Foundation, WVU Community Engagement Grants, and the WVU Humanities Center. She is a member of the National Books Critics Circle and on the faculty of the programs for Multi- and Interdisciplinary Studies at WVU.

Michele Young-StoneMichele Young-Stone is the author of three novels: Lost in the Beehive, an O Magazine 2018 Book Pick, Above Us Only Sky, and The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, which the Boston Globe called “an exceptionally rich and sure-handed debut.” She is at work on a fourth novel. After teaching high school English for seven years, Michele earned her MFA in fiction writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. She lives in the Outer Banks of North Carolina with her husband and son.

Natalie Sypolt 2019Natalie Sypolt lives and writes in West Virginia. She received her MFA in fiction from West Virginia University and currently teaches writing and literature. Her work has appeared in Glimmer Train, Kenyon Review Online, Willow Springs Review, Appalachian Heritage and other literary journalsNatalie serves as a literary editor for the Anthology of Appalachian Writers and runs the high school portion of the West Virginia Writers Workshop. Her first book, The Sound of Holding Your Breath, came out in November 2018 from West Virginia University Press